The Revolutionary War and the Quakers

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As I rub imaginary elbows with the men and women who fought the Revolutionary War, I am constantly amazed at the variety of people who joined in the conflict. They were ordinary every-day… Continue reading

Seducing the Nazis

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In a continuation of my research into lesser-known heroes, I have come across two sisters who took a stand during the darkest time of the twentieth century. Freddie Dekker-Oversteegen and Truus Menger-Oversteegen were just young teenagers when… Continue reading

From Our Homes to Yours

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Becky, Caroline, and Linda are taking a break from writing to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family. History Imagined posts will resume on January 10. We would like to express our… Continue reading

O Wonderful!

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Oh wonderful! Christmas is coming and the waiting is the best part. At least, I always thought so. These days, folks know Halloween is on the way when the Christmas displays go up… Continue reading

History of Christmas Postcards

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When I sat down last week to take care of the most time-consuming and expensive of all my Christmas projects–that of preparing Christmas cards–I wondered how this dying art form got its start.… Continue reading

Messiah: History of a Beloved Oratorio

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During the month of December, it is almost impossible to not encounter a portion or all of the Christmas movements of Handel’s Messiah. If you are a member of a choral group, as… Continue reading

Hurray for the Parade!

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Thanksgiving in the United States has many memorable customs, some sublime—prayer, gratitude, history—and some less so—leftovers, football, parades. Parades? Yes! The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has imbedded itself in American consciousness, but folks… Continue reading

The First Thanksgiving

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As the days grow shorter and colder and the leaves fall from the trees, it’s time to celebrate the holidays. Thanksgiving has always been my family’s favorite holiday, beating out Christmas by a… Continue reading

Flanders Fields

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The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. . . November 11, 1918. In a railway carriage in the Compiégne Forrest some 65 km from Paris, the first step in… Continue reading

Caring for Veterans

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…to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address In recent years news of long waits, mismanagement, and even incompetence in… Continue reading